Going winless on this most recent road trip was always a possibility for the Texas Rangers.
After coming up winless on a previous road slate that included stops in San Francisco and Houston, the precedent had been set. But no one actually thought the Rangers would start some kind of prolonged losing streak on the road.
Well, they defied the odds somehow, and an 0-9 road trip was born, along with an 0-15 road winless streak dating back to their visit to the Bay Area in mid-May.
The Texas Rangers really just did that. They really just got swept in Colorado by the hapless Rockies after being swept by division rivals in Anaheim and Seattle.
Not even Coors Field, a supposed reprieve for offenses, could wake up these slumbering bats. To its credit, the pitching was decent most of the road trip. Sadly, that didn’t prove to be enough.
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate just how difficult this stretch was to “accomplish”.
The Texas Rangers haven’t won a road game in close to a month.
When teams have the intention of tanking, they’re bound to win at least some games. And yes, even some on the road.
Going winless on two different road trips is incredibly rare (and just really bad). It’s hard to conceptualize stooping down to a lower level than this.
The last time a MLB team pulled off this feat was… the 1985 Pittsburgh Pirates.
What the Rangers have done has also only occurred five other times in MLB history. So, they’ll make it in the record books!
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Make no mistake, there’s little about what has transpired for the Rangers in the last nine games that is worth celebrating. Perhaps other than improving their odds at a top-five draft pick in the 2022 MLB Draft.
But that’s a while away. We won’t see the benefits of next year’s potential selection for some time, let alone this year’s upcoming no. 2 overall pick.
The thing about baseball is that extended winning streaks are challenging to maintain, and the same can be said for losing streaks. The Rangers will return home to Globe Life Field for a brief home stand featuring the Tampa Bay Rays and the SF Giants. Not an easy docket by any means, but Texas has managed to post a respectable .500 (13-13) record in games played in Arlington this season.
That alone should give the team and its fans a shred of confidence heading into the next five games.
Hopefully, home cooking is precisely what the Texas Rangers need right now, because the bitter taste of an 0-9 road trip and 15 game road losing streak is one we’d like to erase from our palates sooner rather than later.